Push for Honiton to be a 'dementia friendly' town

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 January 2015 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 January 2015

Heather Penwarden, Pat Perryman and Min Rennolds of the newly formed Honiton Dementia Action Alliance group. Ref mhh 5541-03-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Heather Penwarden, Pat Perryman and Min Rennolds of the newly formed Honiton Dementia Action Alliance group. Ref mhh 5541-03-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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New group called Honiton Dementia Action Alliance has been formed

A small steering committee made up of members from Honiton Memory Café, local groups and businesses and town councillors has met for the first time.

Its aim is to form a Honiton Dementia Action Alliance that will include most local groups, businesses and organisations.

Heather Penwarden, newly-elected chairman of the group, said: “Shops, businesses and organisations in Honiton are already known to be welcoming and friendly places.

“We believe that Honiton would be an ideal community to join the growing number of towns that go out of their way to be especially friendly towards people with memory loss and dementia.”

The Dementia Friendly Honiton Steering Group want to help create a community that supports people with dementia and their carers to find their way around and feel safe, carry on doing the same things as they have always done, like going to the shops, and community groups, using the transport system, to keep in touch with people and feel they belong to the community. One of the first tasks of the group is to secure funding for a website that will be an information resource and show who is joining the alliance.

To join the alliance group, email Heather on Penwarden@btinternet.com or 07966 135442.

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